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E. David Millard

David Millard grew up in the community of Toms River and formed a long, deep attachment to the town and its various schools. He was educated at East Dover Elementary School, Washington Street Elementary School, Toms River Intermediate School (Intermediate East today), Toms River High School (Toms River High School South today) and finally graduated from Toms River High School North in 1972. While at Toms River High School North, David was a strong academic student, who earned membership in the National Honor Society, while maintaining involvement with athletics. He played varsity football and received the "Unsung Hero Award" for his persistence and hard work in the sport. In David's own words, "I received the 'Unsung Hero Award' my senior year; trust me, more for my willingness to fill in where needed than any physical prowess on the football field." It is important to note that persistence, hard work and a willingness to fill in where one is needed went a long way in creating the successful, community minded individual whom we honor today. Two teachers in particular who influenced David were Susan Kengeter and Dick Patton.

After high school, David attended Allegheny College from 1972 to 1976 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications. David felt called to law as he successfully completed his LSAT and was admitted to the Vermont Law School. From 1976 to 1979, he studied law and enjoyed the professional preparation. He served as President of the Student Bar Association and received the Alumni Association Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the School Community." In 1979, he earned his Juris Doctor degree.

The next step for any aspiring attorney is passing the infamous Bar Exam. David did that and began his career in 1980 as a partner in the Toms River law firm of Citta, Holzapfel, Millard, Zabarsky & Uahey. He was admitted to practice law before the New Jersey Courts and the United States District Court. David remembers his first jury case as one that involved an Adverse Possession Case. His most memorable case was the Manchester Township Municipal Corruption Case. While trying this case, David was serving as Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor from 1987-1995, acting as a Senior Trial Team Leader.

David has served the community in a variety of ways. From 1981-1987, he taught Criminal Constitutional Law and Rules of Evidence at Ocean County College. In 1988- 1989, he was a Special Instructor for the Police Training Commission, Division of Criminal Justice and served as a lecturer on Criminal Law and Procedure at the Ocean County Police Academy.

David has dedicated himself to the practice of law and is a member of the American, New Jersey, and Ocean County Bar Associations. He also was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He served as the General Counsel to the Ocean County Joint Insurance Fund in charge of Litigation Management. Additionally, he served as Labor Counsel to the Ocean County Board of Social Services and represented the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for the Boro of Seaside Park and Bora of Point Pleasant.

David was the Municipal Prosecutor in fourteen different municipalities including Dover Township, Brick Township, Jackson Township, Lacey Township, Stafford Township, and Berkeley Township. Time management skills must be perfected to allow this volume of participation in the practice of law.

More recently, David was recognized by former Governor Christine Todd Whitman starting in 1994, when she appointed him to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. In 1995, she appointed him to the State Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee, and on September 9, 1997, E. David Millard was appointed the Ocean County Prosecutor, a position he currently holds. As Prosecutor, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court's Committee on Criminal Practice in 2000. He also served as the Treasurer and Secretary for the New Jersey County Prosecutors' Association from 1999-2001. Our prosecutor also found time during his career to serve the community on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Ocean County and on the Executive Board for the Toms River Soccer Association. Awards won by David include the New Jersey Alumni Award from the State 4-H Youth Development Program, the ADACO (Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Ocean) Citizen of the Year, the Toms River NAACP Appreciation Award, the Jackson Township Distinguished Service Award, and the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers' Association Special Award of Honor.

David's roots in the community are deep. His grandmother Martha Miller and mother Joan Winship Millard graduated from the original Toms River High School. His father Edgar Millard worked in the maintenance department for the schools for more than 30 years. His sister Ruth DiMarzio is a teacher at Intermediate West; his aunt Cathy Schenone is a retired teacher. His wife Jann Millard teaches at Hooper Avenue Elementary School. His daughters attended Toms River Schools with one now a student at the University of Colorado and the other attending High School South. We are proud to honor E. David Millard as we induct him into the Toms River Schools Hall of Fame.


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